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The entire period…acquired the character of a grim struggle for survival, with the advanced Kievan style of life and ethical and cultural standards in rapid decline. We learn of cruel new punishments established by law, of illiterate princes, of an inability to erect the dome of a stone cathedral, and of other CLEAR SIGNS OF CULTURAL REGRESSION.“ (Emphasis added)

A History of Russia, by Nicholas V. Riasanovsky

Hrm, does that sound like any culture we might know?

We are so screwed.

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